Have you ever asked yourself, What is a print? Well, look no further than this pathfinder to learn more about one particular method, screen printing! Find out more about its history and techniques with books at your local library, various sources available online, as well as local opportunities for exploration. Compiled by Linda Nguyễn for LIS 7040 Winter 2011.
woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A roller or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas.is a printing technique that uses a
Screen printing is also a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of silk or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is forced through the mesh onto the printing surface. It is also known as silkscreen, seriography, and serigraph.
Printmaking Processes: Screenprinting by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, an excellent video demonstrating various screen printing processes with Macalester Professor of Art Ruthann Godollei
Visit your local library!
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday through Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Check out books available
- Screenprinting: The Complete Water-based System. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003.
Call number: NE2236 .A33 2003
and Carol Robertson.
- Stromquist, Annie. Simple Screenprinting: Basic Techniques & Creative Projects. New York: Lark Books, 2004.
Call number: TT273 .S77 2004 (JUV)
- Ingram, Samuel Turner. Screen Printing Primer. Pittsburgh: GATF Press, 1999.
Call number: TT273 .I54 1999
- Hoff, Samuel. Screen Printing: A Contemporary Approach. Albany: Delmar, 1997.
Call number: TT273 .H64 1997
- Griffiths, Antony. Prints and Printmaking: An Introduction to the History and Techniques. Berkeley: , 1996.
Call number: NE400 .G74 1996
Request books not yet available
- Dillon, Jamie and Nick Paparone. Print Liberation: The Screen Printing Primer. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 2008.
- MacPhee, Josh, ed. Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today. Oakland: PM Press, 2009.
- MacPhee, Josh and Favianna Rodriguez, eds. Reproduce & Revolt/Reproduce Y Rebélate. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2008.
Some Subject Headings to out look for
- Screen process printing: the process of printing through fabric plates or screens, particularly on a commercial or industrial scale.
- Serigraphy: the silk screen process as performed by an artist in producing an original print from his own design.
- Prints — Technique.
- Prints — History.
“Mother’s Milk” from Taller Tupac Amaru
- Academic Search Premier
- MasterFILE Premier
- Expanded Academic ASAP
Selected articles for your consideration
- De Miranda, Michael A. et al. “Silk Screening Across the Curriculum.” Tech Directions 59.10 (2000).
- Fisher, Agnes. “Silkscreens.” Arts & Activities 116.4 (1994).
- Foeldvari, Donna. “Screen Printed Action.“ School Arts 97 (1997).
- Iris, Bonnie, and M. Stephen Doherty. “Reductive Screen Prints.” American Artist 64 (2000).
- James, Terry. “Prints that Parallel Paintings.” American Artist 58 (1994).
- Kreneck, Lynwood. “Water-Based Screenprinting.” School Arts 89 (1989).
- Paul, Kenneth. “The Healthy Screenprinter.”School Arts 89 (1989).
- Skvarla, John “Superfly”. “Screen-Printing for Under $75.” Ride BMX 15.4 (2006).
- Young, Bernard, Cedric A. Lowmack, and Gail Porcelli-McIntosh. “Learning Serigraphy.” School Arts 91 (1991).
Local organizations in the Twin Cities
- Highpoint Center for Printmaking / 612.871.1326
912 West Lake Street / 55408
- Minnesota Center for Book Arts / 612.215.2520
1011 Washington Avenue South / Minneapolis, MN 55415
The MCBA offers introductory workshops on screen printing, as well as open studio time.